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Pre-Registered Users Getting Aereo Access in Denver
by Karl Bode 03:11PM Monday Oct 28 2013
Denver isn't officially listed as an Aereo launch market yet, but several users have written in to note that they've received an e-mail from Aereo stating that users who pre-registered are now being given Aereo access. "To show our appreciation for your early interest, we're excited to offer you exclusive access to Aereo before it becomes available to the general public in Denver," the e-mail tells users.

Aereo was also scheduled to launch in Detroit today on the heels of previous market launches in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas and Miami.

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HOU923

@sbcglobal.net

OTA is free

OTA is free. Why should I pay for this?

Cabal
Premium
join:2007-01-21

1 recommendation

Re: OTA is free

Maybe you live in a basement apartment or want to watch when you're away from home. Or you don't want to erect an antenna. Or you want a cheap DVR.
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ITALIAN926

join:2003-08-16
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Re: OTA is free

Is this thing OTA or not? Or is it being streamed over the internet? The last headline re: Aereo someone stated that it was strictly OTA, and I accepted their argument, now their own ad says "watch TV online".

If this company is streaming their content over the net, theres no way in hell this should be legal. If people are walking all over the place with mini- antennas, then thats fine.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Re: OTA is free

said by ITALIAN926:

Is this thing OTA or not? Or is it being streamed over the internet?

Both It's OTA TV streamed over the Internet.

said by ITALIAN926:

If this company is streaming their content over the net, theres no way in hell this should be legal.

If I put an OTA receiver in my home that allows me to stream to my networked devices what I choose to receive: Legal, no? That equipment could even be leased from somebody, no? Now how about, instead of me putting that stuff in my home, I lease it all from somebody running it at a remote site? What's the difference?

That's what Aereo is doing: Leasing customers antenna + receiver + DVR + streaming device.

Jim

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI
said by HOU923 :

OTA is free. Why should I pay for this?

Maybe, like us, (some of) your OTA signals are subject to (weather) disruptions, or you're in a location where you cannot reasonably erect an effective antenna? Besides: The base Aereo package gives you 20 hours of cloud-based DVR, and there are mobile apps.

Here's a couple more things, neither of which occurred to me until after we had the service: We've a TV in the basement. It's not currently in use because the basement isn't currently in use (except for storage). Before, if we'd decided to use that TV, down there, I'd have had to install a splitter, amplifier and a cable run to the basement. Now: Roku box and done . Same for the computer room/home office. Been thinking of putting a small TV in there, for the rare occasions when there was something on I didn't want to miss, but I had Things To Do. So: TV + antenna (which may or may not have worked), or, as with the basement: Splitter, amp and cable run to the opposite corner of the house. Now? My 10" Android tablet

We've been using it for a week, here in the Detroit area. I don't know as I can yet say we've definitely decided to keep it, but I will say it appears to work pretty well.

Jim
raydsltech

join:2004-07-04
Concord, NC
You don't have to. Simply do not buy it.

RWSI

join:2012-11-27
Albuquerque, NM

Behind something

Maybe if you live in Colorado behind a hill or under a rock, you might want to watch the stations somewhere else that you cannot use a OTA antenna.
The Grif

join:2001-01-13
Geneva, IL

Something Very Odd Here...

Aereo was supposed to go live in Chicago over a month ago...and still is a "no show"...and now they are lighting-up Denver?

Very odd...I wonder what kind of issues are keeping them from firing up Chicago...political or technical?
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MalibuMaxx
Premium
join:2007-02-06
Chesterton, IN

Re: Something Very Odd Here...

this is my exact thinking... I want Aereo on my phone/laptop... etc... and they are launching other markets before they said they would ours... Makes me think it's something not so technical... as they claim... or they got idiots working in Chicago...
mocek

join:2000-12-17
Oak Lawn, IL

Re: Something Very Odd Here...

Same here, there's got be to be something going on beyond technical issues. When I contacted them about the delay in Chicago, they told me "we're working hard to make sure it's right". Uh huh....
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL
Word is they've had to relocate their Chicago 'antenna facility' and can't yet accommodate an open release. If there are specific issues or purposeful roadblocks being put in their way, IDK.

windyshity

@207.237.90.x

Re: Something Very Odd Here...

the only way to get business done in chicago in bribing corrupt politicians/alderman. i wouldnt be surprised if theyre moving their facility outside the city limits.

skeechan
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What would stop MSOs from doing the same...

...and making the cable boxes watch OTA programming as a VOD type stream? Wouldn't MSOs then be able to avoid paying rebroadcast fees too (not that subscribers would ever see the savings)?
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ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL

Re: What would stop MSOs from doing the same...

Assuming this method holds up in court, nothing. Well, except for the fact that the cable companies are doing all sorts of deals with the big programmers, who own both OTA stations and cable channels, so they don't want to piss them off and risk losing the cable channels.

Right now, I suspect that the cable companies also want to let Aereo be the guinea pig here. Why spend tons of money on lawyers and court costs when someone else is doing it for you?
axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC
That's why FOX threatened to stop broadcasting OTA. Supposedly they make more money from retransmission fees than commercials. Aereo is a good thing as far as advertisers are concerned.

skeechan
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Re: What would stop MSOs from doing the same...

I think it was the gospel that is wikipedia that said that about 10% of their revenues come from the retrans fees.
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mogulman
Premium
join:2002-09-09
Parker, CO

Trying it right now

I've been trying it for a little while today. I already have a Windows Media Center HTPC with 4 tuners though.

I was hoping I could use this on my Galaxy Note 2 when I'm around town. Unfortunately the Android client requires Android 4.2 or higher, which isn't available with the Verizon Stock OS.

Also, the PC client is a flash player in a web browser. Not exactly easily navigation using a remote control.

I also don't really like the guide.

I'll probably cancel it.

tarude

@qwest.net

Unable to Register

I live in the Denver area and received the invite email today. But when I click on the "Start your FREE month!" button (which links to Aereo's registration page), the registration page tells me that "Aereo isn't available in your area yet" and refuses to let me register. I suppose I'll keep trying.

CasRock

@comcast.net

Loving it so far

Signed up within minutes after the notification earlier today. Working flawlessly for me so far. Only issue is no Qubo, so will prob have to keep the rabbit ears set up on one TV for the kids to get their fav OTA signal.

QuboViewer

@comcast.net

Re: Loving it so far

That's good to know. Thanks for posting.

mjmsr
Premium
join:2001-08-25
Lombard, IL

What about data usage?

Curious to know the data usage this will cause with cable company - Comcast. If/when it comes to Chicago, I might be interested because if the difficulty in getting OTS on specific channels (WBBM).

We watch allot of TV at night, on about 8 hours a day....wonder if that will cause data usage issues with Comcast.
raydsltech

join:2004-07-04
Concord, NC

Coming to Charlotte!

Just been to Aereo site says soon to Charlotte! Go Aereo go!!!